Karachi: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s remarks about Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah has caused social media outrage on Thursday.
The MQM chief, while addressing his party workers in Karachi, said Mr Jinnah, better known as Quaid-i-Azam, took oath of allegiance to British King George VI. As a proof, Hussain read out the oath taken by Mr Jinnah after assuming charge of the governor general and said he held a British passport.
He also read a provision of Indian Independence Act 1947 which stated that the office of Governor-General in each of the two new countries (Pakistan and India), as representative of the Crown.
Twitter was abuzz during and after Hussain’s speech, with most of people saying that he allegedly compared himself to Mr Jinnah and tried to justify his dual nationality.
Below are some of the tweets showing how the speech ruffled a few feathers:
Tonight the founding father has received Altaf’s drone attacks!This is a serious assault.
— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) January 10, 2013
There should be a ban on any politician invoking the name and spirit of Jinnah. Sick of pygmies using him for their own twisted purposes. — cyril almeida (@cyalm) January 10, 2013
Mr Altaf Hussain is distorting history by comparing his status as British citizen with the oath taken by the Quaid in 1947 — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 10, 2013
MQM ldr reveals his true colours by attaclking Quaid-i-Azam & his shameless party ppl listen obediently like a herd of sheep! — Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) January 10, 2013
Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. No, don’t even try to do the comparison. With any living or deceased leader of #Pakistan. Enough already.
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) January 10, 2013